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judge

noun [C] uk   /dʒʌdʒ/ us  

judge noun [C] (PERSON)

B2 a person who is in charge of a trial in a court and decides how a person who is guilty of a crime should be punished, or who makes decisions on legal matters: a British high-court judge a US Supreme Court judge

judge noun [C] (DECIDE)

B1 the person who officially decides who is the winner of a competition: a panel of judges C2 a person who has the knowledge to give an opinion about something or is able to decide if someone or something is good or bad: She's such a bad judge of character. "I really don't think you should have another drink." "I'll be/Let me be the judge of that (= I am able to make my own decision about that)."

judge

verb [I or T] uk   /dʒʌdʒ/ us  
B1 to form, give, or have as an opinion, or to decide about something or someone, especially after thinking carefully: So far, he seems to be handling the job well, but it's really too soon to judge. [+ question word] It's difficult to judge whether the new system really is an improvement. The meeting was judged (to have been) a success. You shouldn't judge by/on appearances alone. I'm hopeless at judging distance(s) (= guessing how far it is between places). C2 to express a bad opinion of someone's behaviour, often because you think you are better than them: You have no right to judge other people because of what they look like or what they believe. C1 to officially decide who will be the winner of a competition: I've been asked to judge the fancy-dress competition. judging by/from (also to judge by/from) B2 used to express the reasons why you have a particular opinion: Judging by what he said, I think it's very unlikely that he'll be able to support your application.
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